Moldova declared itself an independent state on August 27, 1991. This is a very important event in the history of the state, and it laid foundation for establishment of Independence Day in the Republic of Moldova.
August 27 is a holiday for all of you banana lovers out there. The National Banana Lovers Day is the day to celebrate the most popular fruit in the United States and one of the most popular fruits in the world.
This Day in History
2013The clashes between the Muslim and Hindu communities began in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, India, resulting in 62 deaths.
2006Comair Flight 5191 crashed while attempting to take off from Blue Grass Airport in Kentucky, killing 49 of the 50 people on board.
1985In Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a bloodless coup. He ruled Nigeria for 8 years.
1981Died: Valeri Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey forward widely regarded as one of the best players of his era, despite never playing in the NHL.
1979Died: Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British statesman and naval officer. He was assassinated by IRA members.
1979Born: Aaron Paul, American actor best known for his breakthrough role as Jesse Pinkman in the criiminal drama series Breaking Bad.
1975Died: Haile Selassie (born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael), Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.
1972Born: Jimmy Pop, American musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of Bloodhound Gang.
1967Died: Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur best known for managing the Beatles. The group's early success was attributed to him.
1965Died: Le Corbusier (pseudonym of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris), Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner and author.
1962Mariner 2 (Mariner-Venus 1962) was launched from Cape Canaveral. It was first robotic space probe to conduct a successful planetary encounter.
1961Born: Tom Ford, American fashion designer and film director who worked as the creative director for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).
1958Died: Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist who was awarded the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the cyclotron.
1955The first edition of The Guinness Book of Records (now Guinness World Records) was published. By Christmas, it was No. 1 British bestseller.
1950Died: Cesare Pavese, Italian poet, novelist, translator and literary critic widely considered one of the major Italian authors of the 20th century.
1947Born: Barbara Bach, American actress and model known for her role as the Bond girl Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
1939The world's first turbojet aircraft, Heinkel He 178, made its first flight. It was piloted by Erich Warsitz, who was also the first to fly the Heinkel He 176.
1929Born: Ira Levin, American novelist, dramatist and songwriter whose best known works include Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives.
1927Five women, known as the Valiant Five or the Famous Five, filed a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, seeking to have women legally considered persons.
1921Born: Leo Penn, American actor and director. He was the father of musician Michael Penn and actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn.
1908Born: Lyndon B. Johnson, American politician and statesman who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.
1877Born: Charles Rolls, English motoring and aviation pioneer best known as a co-founder of the Rolls-Royce car manufacturing firm.
1871Born: Theodore Dreiser, American novelist and journalist whose best known novels include Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, An American Tragedy.
1813During the War of the Sixth Coalition, the Battle of Dresden ended. It resulted in a French victory under Napoleon against forces of the Sixth Coalition.
1776The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, was fought during the American Revolutionary War, resulting in a British victory.
1770Born: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher who was a major figure in German idealism and revolutionized European philosophy.
1748Died: James Thomson, Scottish and British poet and playwright. He is best known for his series of four poems The Seasons (1726-1730).
1635Died: Lope de Vega, Spanish poet and playwright whose best known works include the plays Fuenteovejuna and The Dog in the Manger.
1593Pierre Barrière attempted to assassinate King Henry IV of France. He was executed 4 days later by breaking on the wheel and dismemberment.
1576Died: Titian (Tiziano Vecelli), outstanding Italian painter regarded as the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school.